Friday, September 2, 2016

Test Drive (Body Shop Bad Boys #1) by Marie Harte

Johnny, Foley, Sam, and Lou are the rough and tumble mechanics of Webster's Garage. These reformed bad boys are used to living fast, but it's the women in their lives who take them from zero to sixty in a heartbeat.

Johnny Devlin's a charmer with a checkered past. He has had his eye on scorching-hot bartender Lara Valley for ages, but she's rejected him more than once. That doesn't mean he won't come to her aid when some dirtbag mauls her. When she asks him on a date as a no-strings-attached thank you, he can't say no. And then he's saying nothing but hell, yes.

Test Drive is smoking hot! It's full of the steamy romance and humor that I have come to love and expect from Marie Harte's books. It's also a spin-off of Harte's McCauley Brothers series ( which I adored!) and features characters who work at Del's garage and the bar that we caught glimpses of in that series. There were even some mentions of the characters from those books and some appearances from Del, Mike, and Colin. But as much as I loved the McCauley Brothers series and never thought it possible.... I think that I actually love this one even more!

 I adore how the characters are rough around the edges but you just can't help but love them and know that they are essentially good despite being able to throw down with the best of them. Johnny has a tough exterior and some commitment phobia's but he also has a tenderness not only when it comes to Lara and her nieces but apparently for women in general. He may have had a play boy past but he doesn't make promises he can't keep and he never tries to lead anyone on. He treats the women at his father's strip club with respect and like extended family. It's no wonder that Lara is beyond herself when she finds out he's just as pretty on the inside as he is on the outside. He's not perfect but who wants that anyhow? He is caring and thoughtful and hilarious. I loved all the corny sexual innuendos he kept throwing out. The chemistry between him and Lara was amazing and I think that they seem so perfect for each other. 

I have a feeling that the other books in this series will be based on the other guys in the garage and I am ecstatic! I can't wait to hear their stories and see how these tough men will deal with falling in love. I definitely recommend Test Drive to romance fans who love a guy who's tough yet caring and easy on the eyes ;-) 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  April

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